BevNET & NOSH Virtually Live Summer 2020 - AGENDA
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Virtual Expo Open --
11:00 AM - 11:05 AM Welcome --
11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Main Stage Presentation: Buyers, Believers, and Adapting Consumer Education -- Food & Beverage brands spend a lot of time telling people how different they are. But the quarantine, limited availability, and Google have shown us that in the consumers’ mind, most brands are interchangeable -- unless you start showing them you’re different. This interactive session and workshop will help introduce the new fundamentals of consumer education.

with David Lemley, President + Head of Strategy, Retail Voodoo
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option I - Workshop: Brand Traction Audit Live -- Presenter David Lemley will work with a pre-picked brand to audit and tune up for improved consumer education and interaction.
with David Lemley, President + Head of Strategy, Retail Voodoo; Emily Griffith, Founder/CEO, Lil Bucks
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option II - Finance Methods: Preparing Your Company to Sell and Maximizing Value Post-COVID-19 (sponsor session) -- If you want to sell your business to a strategic or financial acquirer, it is important to understand what creates value. Whipstitch Capital will discuss these key drivers – and what has remained the same and what is new post-COVID.
with Nick McCoy, Co-founder & Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital; Mike Burgmaier, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Whipstitch Capital
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option III - High Anxiety: Consumer Trends in THC Products During the Pandemic and Beyond -- The state of THC products during COVID-19 and where the market goes from here
with Liz Connors, Director of Analytics, Headset; Blake Fery, Data Analyst, Headset
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option IV - Education Session: Communications and PR During Crisis -- When it comes to communications, internal crises are tough, but external crises are even harder to handle, as COVID-19 and social upheaval have demonstrated for brands.
with Sabina Gault, CEO, Konnect Agency
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option V - Tapping the Dietitian and Nutritionist Channel -- How brands can utilize nutrition experts as well as effectively work with nutritionists as a source of connection to new shoppers.
with Jenna Amos, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Nutrition Communications Manager, Siggi's; Allison Baker, Founder & CEO of Hazel & Dot Growth Consulting, Former Director of Nutrition at The Kroger Co; Mariely Rosado-Martínez, 2020 Retail Dietitian of the Year and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Healthy Path Markets
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Option VI - The Next Generations of Energy Drinks (sponsor session) -- It is an exciting area in beverage. Premium, more functional energy has exhibited massive growth over the last few years. Major brands like Bang, C4, Celsius, G-Fuel, and more, are developing a new category with growth that energy drinks have never seen before. What are the target functionalities that are paving the way for this success? And how has ingredient discovery and technology changed to make this possible? Let's dive into The Next Generation of Energy Drinks and caffeine with a Q&A to follow.
with Brian Zapp, Creative Director, Applied Food Sciences
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM Investor Speed Dating -- Apply to participate:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch, Livestream Interviews, Virtual Expo -- Make your way over to the Virtual Expo to see what's on display, or spend time with Taste Radio host Ray Latif as he interviews attendees.
1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Main Stage Panel: Evolution in Crisis with Kim Jeffery, Brad Sterl, Stew Leonard Jr. -- How three industry leaders evolve, and thrive, in the face of daunting challenges.
with Kim Jeffery, Former Chairman and CEO, Nestlé Waters North America; Stew Leonard Jr., President & CEO, Stew Leonard's ; Brad Sterl, CEO, President, Founder, Rustic Crust / American Flatbread
2:10 PM - 2:15 PM Break --
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option I - Innovation and Sustainability in E-commerce Delivery -- A discussion with food and beverage e-commerce platforms -- how they’re changing e-commerce delivery through innovations in packaging, sustainability and last-mile delivery.
with Ben Jones, Founder & CEO, Ohi; Tom Szaky, Founder & CEO, TerraCycle; Jim Parke, CEO, Otter Products
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option II - Hard Kombucha: Building a Category During a Pandemic -- A panel looking at a hard-charging category that sits at the nexus of trends.
with Greg Serrao, Co-Founder and CEO, JuneShine; Bill Moses, Founder and CEO, Flying Embers; Todd Kent, CEO, Boochcraft; Bridget Connelly, Co-Founder and CEO, Luna Bay
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option III - Education Session - Leveraging Your Brand for Breakthroughs and Growth: Rethinking your strategy for the new normal (sponsor session) --
with Kelly Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency; Danielle Muller, Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option IV - Case Study: Building An Innovative Brand Outside of NY, LA, SF, Austin… -- How are food and beverage startups able to work with retailers and distributors outside core markets to help seed and build an audience for innovative products?

with Shouvik Ganguly, COO, Synapse; Briana Warner, CEO, Atlantic Sea Farms; Jen Faigel, Executive Director, CommonWealth Kitchen
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option V - Telling Cultural Stories Through Food and Beverage -- Consumers are looking for brands that tell a unique story, celebrate diversity, and allow them to travel around the world through a meal. This session will seek to examine how several brands have successfully taken this path and what hurdles they faced along the way.
with Chitra Agrawal, Founder, Brooklyn Delhi; Ibraheem Basir, Founder and CEO, A Dozen Cousins; Vanessa Pham, Co-Founder and CEO, Omsom; Nona Lim, Founder and CEO, Nona Lim
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Breakout Option VI - Tips for Working With Stevia in Beverages (sponsor session) -- Learn how to quickly optimize stevia in beverage product development, along with other secrets to creating reduced-sugar formulations that consumers will love.
with Leanne Wortman, Senior Food Scientist , Cargill; Alan Skradis, Technical Services Manager, Cargill
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Livestream Interviews -- Enjoy interviews conducted by Taste Radio host Ray Latif.
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM Main Stage: Citizen Chef, Citizen CPG: Fighting Food Insecurity Together -- Chef Tom Colicchio will discuss how he became aware of the issues facing some Americans in their own food access, and where he sees the problems in our current food system. He’ll offer attendees advice on how to marry running a business with being an advocate and suggestions as to how to move the industry forward towards a more equitable place.
with Tom Colicchio, Chef & Owner, Crafted Hospitality; The Jersey Tomato Co. Ambassador; Food Activist,
4:00 PM - 4:05 PM Conclusion and Wrapup --
Please note that event agendas are subject to change.